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Vernicia cordata (Euphorbiaceae)

Vernicia cordata is a deciduous high tree, which is being cultivated, but also grows wild in the mountainous regions. Blooms in early summer and from September to October matures a spheroid 3 cm capsule with a large seed inside. Seed contains poisonous fatty oil. Vernicia fordii likewise contains poisonous fatty oil in the seed.


Habitat Grows in the mountains, but is also cultivated in all regions.
Parts of the plant that may be ingested accidentally. Seeds
Symptoms Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, etc.
Venomous constituents Fatty oil contained in the seed. Its main ingredient is undersaturated fatty acid eleostearic acid.

Vernicia fordii
Vernicia fordii
Vernicia fordii fruit and seeds
Vernicia fordii fruit and seeds


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